Photos: Kenner hosts LHSAA State Volleyball Tournament _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ Allee Morris of Archbishop Hannan hits one over while Sadie Spring of Episcopal High defends during the quarterfinals of the LHSAA State Volleyball Tournament being held at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, La. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015.

Archbishop Hannan’s Allee Morris wrapped up only her second year of organized volleyball this past month, helping her Lady Hawks to the Division IV state championship game.

Still new to the game, it didn’t stop the 6-foot-2 freshman middle blocker from receiving a scholarship offer from LSU and verbally committing to the Tigers on Nov. 29 before the LSU-Texas A&M football game.

“My family and I got the chance to tailgate with the volleyball players prior to the start of the LSU football game,” Morris said. “I got the chance during that to talk with (LSU volleyball coach Fran Flory) and we talked about how I have visited some other schools and saw what else was out there.

“But I told her the first time I visited LSU, I knew this was the place for me and that is when I told (Flory) I wanted to be a Tiger. Coach Flory was very excited when I told her.”

The first school to extend her a scholarship offer, Morris said the interest from LSU from the start was the reason she chose to commit.

“It’s close to home first off,” she said. “Plus they have showed me the most interest and just cared about me. I enjoy my time on campus and with the team and believe they are the school to continue my volleyball career.”

Only wrapping up her freshman season at Hannan, Morris is not set to graduate high school until 2019. She said her verbal commitment to LSU is solid.

“I’m going to be a Tiger,” she said. “My commitment is solid. LSU is definitely my school. I never thought I would get the chance to do something like this so I am extremely excited.”

Hannan coach Rebekka Bonnafee said the Tigers are getting a talented player that is still getting better.

“Allee is strong and she is a quick learner,” Bonnafee said. “She works hard and will do anything any coach ask her to do. Her just wrapping up her freshman year she realizes what she is committing to. I think she will be fine. She is smart and works hard. She loved LSU from the start and wanted to get the recruiting thing out of the way so she could just continue to play volleyball.”